1767's Nashville Holiday Gift Guide 2018

We’re definitely a little biased, but we think that Nashville has one of the best maker communities in the country. We’ve worked side by side with so many incredible local brands on projects throughout the years, and when we set up shop at Porter Flea every year, we can’t help but feel amazed by the other maker booths around us.

This year, we decided to put together a Nashville gift guide to help locals and non-locals alike shop our favorite brands this holiday season. We strongly believe in shopping small for holiday gifts, so we wanted to help make it easier for you guys to find quality wares from our local maker community.

Here are a few of the 1767 team’s favorite things.

How-To Guide: Shop Small + Local for the Holidays

One of the things we get asked about the most is our pricing. We aim to price our pieces fairly for the amount of work (it’s a lot!) that goes into making them, but we understand that well-made, handcrafted goods are a bit more expensive than something similar that you’d buy at a store.

If you understand the value of shopping small and local, but you’re struggling with how to budget to buy handmade items around the holidays, we want to help. We’ll be sharing a complete gift guide to our favorite Nashville brands in the coming weeks, but until then, we’d like to help you out with some tips for shopping small and making it affordable this holiday season.

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  • Aim to buy fewer, better things. First and foremost, you need to have the mindset that you don’t need to buy lots of gifts for your loved ones, but rather one really great gift that’s made to last. If your friends and family are the type to appreciate well-made goods, then they’re sure to understand the value in something handcrafted and made with care.

  • Budget and plan ahead of time. Many of us set out to do our holiday shopping at a mall, without a plan in place or specific items chosen ahead of time. This usually leads to blowing your budget, buying lots of things that you’re not sure if your loved ones will even like, and generally just flying blind with your shopping, so to speak. Instead, set a budget ahead of time and promise yourself that you’ll stick to it. In that same vein, you should also make a list of what you’d like to buy each person ahead of time so that you can put some extra thought into each present.

  • Hit a makers market. If you live in a city with a designated holiday makers market, this is the best way to shop for lots of locally made goods in one place. You’ll also know that they’re all high-quality, because most markets vet the maker submissions and only accept the best ones. In Nashville, our favorite makers market is Porter Flea.

  • Shop independent boutiques. Lots of independent boutiques carry wares from local makers, so if you’re not sure where to go (but you know that you don’t want to go to a mall), these are great places to start.

  • Put thought and care into your gift wrapping. You may feel self-conscious about how few gifts you’re giving out (especially if your friends and family are the types to go overboard on gifts), so putting extra care into the presentation will make each gift feel more special. If you’re worried that your loved ones won’t quite understand the story behind that piece of wall art or that handmade bag, take the time to attach a handwritten note describing who made the item, where you bought it, and why it made you think of them.

  • Encourage your crew to shop local, too. If your friend group normally does a secret Santa or another type of gift exchange, suggest that everyone buy a locally made gift this year. It’s a fun way to support the local maker community, do some good for the environment and make sure that everyone gets something they’ll actually like!

A Showroom Build for Consider the Wldlflwrs

We’re excited to finally show you guys a design project that we’ve been working on for a while now, and one that marks a big milestone in the design-and-build phase of our company.

We’ve done makers’ markets alongside Nashville-based jewelry brand Consider the Wldflwrs for a few years, so when they approached us to create some custom display cases for their brand new showroom, we were immediately on board. The showroom would operate as a place for owner Emily to meet with potential clients to design their own custom jewelry pieces, but it would also be a place to display Consider the Wldflwrs’ jewelry collections for customers to shop in person. Emily had big ideas for what she wanted the space to look like and how she wanted the furnishings to work, and we loved helping her create pieces that worked for her business as it continues to grow.

We built some custom steel in-wall display cases for the space, adding glass windows and brass handles for a little contrast. We also built a large, central cashwrap with a display case on one side for displaying their beautiful rings and other jewelry. The final result is clean and minimal but also timeless and a bit moody, which you guys know is right up our alley.

Check out the completed space below, or visit it in person (if you’re in Nashville) at 901 Woodland Street, Suite 102.

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Our Favorite Things: October 2018

October is here, bringing with it cooler temperatures (occasionally — it is still Nashville, after all) and a bit of relief from the busy summer season. We can’t help but want to take things a little bit slower this season, even when work doesn’t exactly make that possible. It’s nice to take a few moments to yourself to make a slow cup of coffee on a chilly morning, listen to podcast on a walk around the neighborhood or just sneak in an afternoon nap as you transition into fall.

Here’s everything we’re loving on those slow autumn days.

  • Planning for Japan. We’re heading to Japan this month on a much-needed (and much-planned-for) vacation, and we’ve been bookmarking just about every beautiful place we see online. This list of incredible buildings in Tokyo is just one of the things that has us daydreaming of Japanese architecture.

  • Truck Furniture. At the top of our Japan list is this incredible furniture company that we’ve been following online for a few years now. Truck Furniture is a stunningly simple, modern furniture company headquartered in Osaka, and we’re making it a priority to check out their incredible showroom in person.

  • Dr. Death. If you’re a podcast lover like we are, then you’re likely always on the hunt for that next addictive show to become the next Serial. If you’re into true crime (or just really great storytelling), you’ll definitely want to binge-listen to this one.

  • The perfect cup of campfire coffee. This fall, we’re hoping to spend as much time as possible outdoors, preferably around an open fire. This article shows you how to make a great cup of coffee over a campfire, which seems like it will come in pretty handy on those fall camping trips.

  • Leanne Ford’s Echo Park home. One of our favorite interior designers, Leanne Ford, just listed her Echo Park cabin — and it definitely has us dreaming of skipping town in favor of the West Coast.

  • Fireclay Tile. This made-in-America tile company creates handcrafted tile in more than 130 individually mixed colors. We can’t stop admiring the huge variety of shapes, sizes and color combinations that people create using their tiles (and if you follow them on Instagram, you’ll also love how satisfying it is to watch Fireclay employees hand paint each tile).

A Schoolbus-Turned-Tiny-Home for Some Drifters

Every once in a while, we get approached to do a project that’s so cool, we just want to share it everywhere. The school bus we did for Some Drifters is one of those projects.

Married couple Jeff and Britt approached us to design some beautiful and functional elements for their school bus, which would soon become a tiny home for the couple to live and travel in. Tired of the fast pace and closed quarters of their life in Brooklyn, they decided to pack up and head out on the road, originally toward southeast Utah. Britt is a co-owner of the bohemian bridal company Daughters of Simone, and Jeff had hopes of turning the school bus project into what could eventually become a career. “The bus project was conceived on the road, on a cross country camping motorcycle trip a couple years back. It was a solution to a problem, to find a way to be able to explore, spend most of our time in the outdoors, but still stay connected and able to live our regular lives,” Jeff said.

Jeff didn’t want us to build out the school bus like a typical home remodel, but rather design portions of the bus that needed a little extra attention to detail. We designed the patterned flooring and interior layout, as well as some compact dining tables for inside the bus. On the outside, we designed the patterned wood facade that would be the first thing you’d notice when the bus pulls up (and kind of the main thing that removes it from its former school bus glory), as well as one of the coolest elements of the project: an extendable, fold-out patio that would allow the couple to sit on their “porch” when the bus isn’t in motion.

“When designing the bus, I really tried to give it everything I have, and in that search for the special, I found 1767. I just found Patrick's style to be so captivating. Artistic, sophisticated yet rustic... a novel approach with a total craftsmanship to his method. When you saw his work you could tell someone really cared and was passionate about the work. Once I saw his designs, my head just started sparking with inspiration and I just wanted to sorta inject his artistry into the bus. So, I reached out and asked him to design as much of the wood inlays as possible. Patrick ended up designing all the flip-up tables, the floor, the outside "woodie" panels, the deck floor and even gave me some helpful general design input on the interior that I went with, like doing the whole front driver area in wood.”

-Jeff, Some Drifters

We didn’t do the actual build for this project, so it was really fun and inspiring to collaborate and design these elements for Jeff and Britt to bring to life themselves. This is definitely a project that you just have to see to really understand, so have fun taking a little virtual tour through the photos below.

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  All photos by Kate Dearman.

All photos by Kate Dearman.

Fall / Winter '18 Preview: The Cumulus Collection

While 1767 started as a one-man operation in its earliest days, it’s long been a team effort (ever since… well, ever since we were able to hire a team). Tim, a longtime artisan on our design-and-build team, came up with a few really great designs for some one-of-a-kind pieces that we created over the summer, and we loved them so much that we told him to run with them. The result is the Cumulus Collection, a cohesive line of wooden wall art that blends our signature angles and lines with rounded, flowing shapes like we’ve never experimented with before.

For his first collection, Tim said that he was inspired by nature, first and foremost. When drawing inspiration, he would admire the sky on his drive to the 1767 studio each morning, think of the plants and trees he encountered on walks in the forest, and even call to mind the patterns he saw on insects, many of which looked like subliminal faces.

“This line is my interpretation of the sky as the giant hero, the giver of nature; and nature can’t help but thank it by mimicking similar patterns to show respect,” Tim said.

While the Cumulus Collection won’t be released until late fall, we wanted to give you all a sneak peek here. We couldn’t be prouder or more excited to release this line, especially since it’s been such a labor of love for one of our team members.

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Our Favorite Fall Things in Nashville

Each season, we like to put together a little travel guide of our favorite things in and around Nashville. There are so many visitors coming into town for a weekend stay, transplants putting down roots (much like we did five years ago), and road-trippers passing through on some type of journey throughout the South.

Nashville is a place that feels very different from season to season, so if you’ve been here in the summer, it might feel like a totally different place than when you come in the fall or winter. Here are a few of our favorite spots to visit when the weather cools down.

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  • Natchez Trace Bridge. One of the most scenic spots in the Nashville area (and the country) is the Natchez Trace bridge, a double-arched bridge over Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County. We like to go out there when the leaves are changing colors because it offers some pretty incredible views of the Tennessee wilderness from the bridge’s center — and if you’re interested in design, there’s a lot of inspiration behind the bridge’s construction.

  • Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival. This is a fairly new music festival, but it draws huge names from Nashville and beyond. This year’s fest takes place September 22 & September 23, with headliners like Jack White, Lionel Richie, Hozier, Counting Crows, Chris Sapleton and Dave Matthews.

  • Seasonal cocktails at The Fox. Have we mentioned how much we love The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club? All jokes aside, the bar that we designed in East Nashville recently unveiled their list of fall and winter cocktails, and that thing is no joke.

  • Old Hickory Village. Some people (ahem — investors) are saying that Old Hickory could become the “new East Nashville.” We don’t know about all that, but we do think it’s a pretty special in its own right. This area just outside of the city is the home of the 1767 studio, and if you haven’t explored it yet, we’d recommend getting out there this fall to check out the lake, the historic homes and, of course, our home base.

  • Nashville Flea Market. We’re always talking about how much we love the flea market at the Nashville Fairgrounds, but anyone who knows the flea will tell you that fall is the best time to go. Nashville gets hot in the summertime, so once the weather cools down, it’s much more comfortable to wander the grounds and shop for treasures.

  • Chattanooga. Okay, not much of a Nashville activity, but if you’ve lived in Nashville for a while and you’re looking for a seriously easy (and inspiring) fall road trip, we’d suggest hitting the road for Chattanooga. We recently made the trek and stayed with Treetop Hideaways, but we also loved The Dwell Hotel, Collective Clothing and the beautiful Hunter Museum of American Art.

Architect Spotlight: Joseph Eichler

If you follow along with our blog, you know that we've been diving deep into the history of modern architecture and the architects who have influenced it. This month, we're looking at Joseph Eichler, one of the most influential names in the mid-century modern movement and, most interestingly, tract housing. 

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Eichler wasn't really an architect at all, but rather a real estate developer. Throughout the early 20th century, he was a major advocate of bringing the modern architecture that was popular in corporate buildings and larger, pricier custom homes to the general public through his company Eichler Homes.

Eichler Homes built more than 11,000 homes in Northern and Southern California between 1949 and 1966, and eventually these homes became known simply as "Eichlers". These homes were built in large developments of multiple identical units, but we love them because unlike similar developments, Eichler found a way to inject major modern style and design elements influenced by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. By hiring architects and instructing them to create these affordable homes with the mid-century modern elements that Eichler appreciated, he created an entirely new type of tract housing.

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Most of Eichler's homes are known for a few key factors. Many of them are constructed with flat, gabled roofs and low lines that line up with the horizon. There are few (and sometimes no) windows on the front facades, but large, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the interiors. These homes were private from the street and open and full of light inside, while the public rooms were spacious with few walls and the private areas, such as the bedrooms and baths, were smaller and cozier. 

Today, Eichler's homes are synonymous with Californian architecture, and many people even refer to his style as "California contemporary". While Eichler sourced local elements such as redwood in Northern California, he also sourced materials that he loved from overseas, such as the mahogany he used on many of his homes’ walls.

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all images via Dwell

Our Favorite Things: August 2018

August came and went in a hot, humid blur, and with it came lots of growth and changes for our company. We're still working away at getting our showroom set up for its re-opening, finishing up lots of custom wall art projects and right in the middle of one of our biggest interior design jobs to date. 

If you're equally busy and looking for some things to keep you inspired and on track, here are some songs, shows and sites we loved this August. 

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  • Japan planning. We're hitting the road for Japan this fall, and we couldn't be more excited to check out the gorgeous architecture, incredible restaurants and everything else that Japan has to offer. If you've been before and have suggestions, leave them in the comments! 
  • Creepy crime shows. We watched the Staircase and Sharp Objects this month, and both were great ways to unwind after a long day. Seriously creepy (and addicting!) 
  • This incredible Faroe Islands building. As soon as we saw this town hall building in the Faroe Islands, we were so inspired by the way it uses its natural surroundings as part of the architecture. The building was designed by Ósbjørn Jacobsen and is designed to look like it's floating right into the landscape. 
  • New Nashville hangouts. There's always a lot of action in the Nashville restaurant scene, and this summer we've seen quite a few new favorites pop up around town. We're particularly loving Folk and Wilburn Street Tavern in East Nashville. 
  • Music to work to. We're big fans of playing music (loud) to keep the whole shop motivated. This month we were loving the new Death Cab for Cutie and Childish Gambino.

Check out what else keeps us inspired on our Instagram and our Pinterest